The Secret To Getting Kids To Bed On Time On New Years Eve

Help kids feel included on New Years Eve, without getting overtired.

I bet you LOVE hanging out until midnight with your little ones on New Year’s Eve, right?

I mean, who DOESN’T want to hang out with a 7-year-old for FOUR HOURS past their bedtime?…

NOPE. That’s not ‘our thing’ either. Lol.

That’s why I’m starting my children’s countdown to the New Year at 11:59 A.M. this December 31st. We’re ringing in the New Year just before lunch!

I’m all about the kind of New Year’s Eve party that doesn’t come with a side of sleep deprivation & a temper tantrum.

Gather the kids for a ‘Noon Year’s Eve Party’!

What-the-what is a Noon Year’s NOON Party?  Yesterday, I hadn’t even heard of one.  And now, I can’t stop thinking about it.

Here’s why it works:

1. Kids don’t feel left out of the late-night festivities. Awesome.

2. Kids don’t wake up overtired waaaaay too early on New Years Day.  Sign me up.

3. It’s super easy.  And to thanks to years of entertaining at (way too many) kids parties, here are some pro-tips that makes it easier to pull off than holding a full mimosa in heels (that’s the real magic trick, friends).

If you haven’t heard of one of these before, let me quickly explain.

A Noon Year’s Eve Party starts at 10:30am.  Which is conveniently mimosa time.

It ends after an exciting ‘New Years Countdown’…at noon.

BTW, countdowns totally count as ‘practicing math’ over winter break.

And that, friends, is how you give your kids a chance to get into party mode (and back out of it, thank goodness) hours before bedtime!

Here are some fun ideas about what to do during your Noon Year’s Eve Party:

I collected some ideas for you from those oh-so-official parenting blogs, and also included some stuff I’ve seen actually get pulled off successfully at the kids parties I’ve been to. #pinterestfailfree

Invite Your Guests To Wear Fun Outfits

From Parents Magazine:

“Get the kids excited about their big day by allowing them to dress up however they want.  Encourage sparkly, festive attire and explain to them the whole reason we celebrate the changing of our calendars. They’ll feel like rock stars with free creative reign over their looks.”

-Parents Magazine

Don’t have a pile of costumes lying around?  No problem. There’s nothing like face painting to take ‘dress-up’ to the next level. 

(I’m about to do that thing where I talk about my job…warning…3, 2, 1…) 

Get your hands on a face painting kit, or free them up so you can hold that mimosa by having our professional children’s entertainers do it for you! 

Ahem.  The face painting, not the mimosa holding. *haha*

They’ll kick everyone’s looks up a notch, while you kick back and relax, with glittering face paints and sparkling glitter tattoos.

Oh. Neat thing. So the children don’t get bored waiting for a turn, we trained our performers to paint 3 – 5 faces at a time.  Score.

Bonus: If your adult friends are there, we LOVE painting grown-ups to help them get into the spirit of the festivities too!

Pump it up. Add Balloons!


“It’s not a party without balloons, right?  Confetti filled balloons will brighten up your space, then you can pop them at “midnight” (aka noon) for a confetti shower!  You can fill these with helium or not—either way, the kids will love them. If you really want to wow the kids, stage your own balloon drop! You can make one by taping a plastic party tablecloth filled with balloons to your ceiling.” 


100% of the parents I surveyed confirmed that they love tying knots at the ends of balloons. 

Here it comes….don’t worry about the balloons.   I’ve got you covered!  

Let our entertainers take over by twisting festive, shimmering chrome balloon hats, wands, and (party) animals for you and your guests. 

Not only do children looooove helping us create new balloon designs, but they also get to take the balloons home, too.  

Hello, instant party favors! 

Lead A Dance Party

Whip up a kid-friendly playlist & push back your furniture to transform your living room into a dance floor!

Show off your signature dance moves from back in the day to get the kids bopping along with you.  Right, right?

It’s a great way for the littlest guests to burn off some energy early in the day so that they’re ready for bedtime, on time. 

What?  Not comfortable busting a move in front of a squad of 6-year-olds?  We’re ready to help!  We LOVE leading our silly version of ‘freeze dance‘ anywhere, anytime. 

We come ready with a speaker, a kid-friendly playlist, and some great tricks to get all your guests moving & giggling. 

Read A New Year’s Eve Story

There are lots of darling children’s books about New Year’s. Gather all the children together & share any of these great reads with them: 

The Night Before New Year’s by Natasha Wing

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport

If you’re looking for a more interactive storytelling experience, we can bring one of our most popular activities for your celebration.  

Our Children’s Magic Show is a fully immersive, 30-minute storytelling adventure that all the children can participate in.  So you don’t have to. 

Set Up A Photo Booth

From Parents Magazine:

Put your crafting skills to use by constructing a photo booth!  Just hang a paper backdrop (festive New Year’s Eve wrapping paper will do the trick) and set up a camera on a tripod or have a designated phone photographer in place.   Blast some music and have the kids dance around, posing with their new, festive props—they’ll have a blast and so will you.  These photos will be a precious keepsake that’ll last a lifetime”.

-Parents Magazine 

Fun For The Whole Family

No matter what activities you choose for your Noon Year’s Eve party, your children will love feeling included. 

And, we feel you’ll love watching them climb into bed at the right time that night. 🙂

Happy New Year! 

Oh.  And we have performers standing by who are open right now.  Go ahead and see if we can travel to you!

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